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In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
– Albert Camus
Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
Why should it be essential to love rarely in order to love much?
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love – first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road.
You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.
For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
Heroism is accessible. Happiness is more difficult.
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.
Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Lying is not only saying what isn’t true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler.
Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified.
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives… inside ourselves.
The role of the intellectual cannot be to excuse the violence of one side and condemn that of the other.
We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.
What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation.
Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love.
One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.